NOTICE - Due to COVID-19 concerns, many Western Michigan University department offices will be open limited hours and days during the fall semester. If you have general questions, please stop by any of the offices listed below and they will be glad to help you. If you have questions specific to a department, please call the phone number on the list below.

Rood Hall and Everett Tower department main offices will be open Monday to Thursday 9 am - 4 pm

  • Mondays-Kathy Wright (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Rood Hall 1183, 269-387-5486
  • Wednesdays-Lori Krum (Physics), Everett Tower 1122, 269-387-4941
  • Thursdays-Sue Simons (Mathematics), Everett Tower 3318, 269-387-4513
  • Departments will have alternating schedules on Tuesdays:

Sue Simons – 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3

Kathy Wright – 9/8, 9/29, 10/20, 11/10

Lori Krum – 9/15, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17

The physical address of Rood Hall is 2235 Wilbur Ave. In case of an emergency please dial 911



  • Our department is excited to announce a new major in Environmental Geology open to students as of Fall 2020. For more information please see the program description or contact the departmental undergraduate advisor, Dr. Michelle Kominz.

Dr. Richard N. Passero

We are saddened to announce that WMU Emeritus Professor of Geology, Dr. Richard N. Passero passed away on Friday, April 3 at Yale University. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all of us who have known and worked with him. Read comments on the passing of Dr. Richard N. Passero by his students, friends and colleagues.


 Effective spring 2020, the earth science minor will be available online! As an earth science minor, you will learn about the principles of science and how they are applied to the study of the Earth. The earth science minor focuses on a range of fundamental earth systems, including the structure and building blocks of the Earth, the theory of plate tectonics and how studying the Earth allows us to look back through time.

Rood Hall

As a result of a generous gift from a WMU alum, we are thrilled to announce the establishment of a new donation towards the Schmaltz Museum project in honor of Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz. The funds will also establish a graduate student endowment to support students working towards their M.S. degrees in sedimentology stratigraphy at MGRRE

Roger Steininger

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is excited to announce Dr. Roger Steininger as a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award! Dr. Steininger has a long history of mineral and business successes since his graduation from the department in 1964. Roger worked for national and international mineral exploration and development companies and he formed his own consulting company to work for many companies to support focused exploration in those geologic terrains having gold and other precious metals. Roger continues to support the department's efforts in teaching, research, and outreach. 

Thomas L. RobynThe department is excited to announce Dr. Thomas L. Robyn as the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipient! Read about previous award winners on our Alumni Achievement Award recipient page.

At the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS) and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE), we are leaving no stone unturned in our search for minerals that you may have never heard of. In a new NPR interview, Stateside discusses Michigan's role in mining these raw materials with Drs. William Harrison and Peter Voice. The interview begins at 18:40.

HFC"WMU Field Course Preps Future Hydrogeologists with Hands-On Experience".
Read more.

Cameron MancheDr. Bill Harrison, Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek, Dr. Peter Voice, and graduate students attended the 2019 AAPG meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Read more about the department's contributions at this professional meeting.

Stephen KaczmarekSpring Convocation Excellence in Discovery Luncheon
Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek was awarded the "largest new award to a faculty member within their first 3 years at WMU" during the spring Convocation held on March 26. This event is organized by The Office of Vice President for Research to recognize the work of WMU faculty.

HFCThis AIPG publication of  The Professional Geologist  has a feature on our very own Hydrogeology Field Course. Read about previous student experiences on pages 17 and 18.

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